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George Germon, who co-created with his wife Johanne Killeen the landmark Providence restaurant Al Forno, died Tuesday, following an illness.

National Cheese Society Convenes In RI

Jul 31, 2015
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More than 1,000 cheese lovers have descended on Providence for the American Cheese Society’s annual conference. 

This is the first time in more than a decade that the national conference has come to New England.

Winners of the 2015 Cheese Competition will be on display at a cheese festival scheduled for Saturday.  Norah Weiser from the American Cheese Society said the event will feature more than 1,700 different types of cheese. 

Poor People's Pub

Bacon is on the menu Saturday at Poor People’s Pub on Block Island. The restaurant is hosting the second annual “Bacon Fest,” a benefit for the Block Island Conservancy. 

Why bacon?

"Why not?" asked server Corinne Adams, a seasonal resident of Block Island. 

The event features a mixture of professional chefs and home cooks, all competing to make the best bacon dish. Participants have the chance to taste each dish then vote for their favorite.

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Mama Kim’s is a well-known food truck in the Providence area specializing in Korean Barbeque.  It’s just opened its very first brick-and-mortar sit-down restaurant in Cranston.


For this month’s Rhode Island Artscape, Rhode Island public radio’s John Bender stopped by the new Cranston space to talk with owner Don Fecher about the business, the transition from the truck, and, of course, the food.


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Providence LA

Foodies in Los Angeles are flocking to a restaurant named after Rhode Island’s capital city.

The restaurant Providence has received two stars from the Michelin Guide. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison spoke with Head Chef Michael Cimarusti

Before he opened a top-rated restaurant in Los Angeles, Chef Michael Cimarusti grew up spending vacations with his grandparents in Rhode Island.

He remembers summers on Scarborough Beach, where the clam cakes were to die for.

Amos House, a social service center in Providence, hosts the largest regular soup kitchen in the state. On Wednesday, the center's meal will serve turkey and all the trimmings to between 500 and 700. 

It’s a tradition at Amos House, to serve the turkey, potatoes, cranberry all on the day before the holiday.  That’s because, other places will offer the Thanksgiving meal on the actual day, so Amos House decided why not give the needy a nutritious meal the day before?

Courtesy of Rhode Island College

Rhode Island College is on a mission to improve the state’s declining honeybee population. Honeybees are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat. They pollinate nuts, fruits, and vegetables. The honeybee population has declined dramatically nationwide by more than 50 percent over the last 75 years.

Hope & Main

Rhode Island’s very first food business incubator opens officially Thursday in Warren.  The program, called Hope and Main, helps local culinary companies get on their feet.

Companies accepted into the non-profit program get use of three full sized industrial kitchens, for rent at below market rates.  They're located at the program’s headquarters; an old school building in Warren. The idea is to make it easier for culinary business by keeping down the high initial investment of equipping a commercial kitchen. Currently businesses are staying for their first two to three years.

Rhode Island based Dave’s Coffee has landed a deal to put its coffee syrup on the shelves of Crate & Barrel. The company says “Dave’s Original Cold Brew Coffee Syrup” and “Dave’s Vanilla Cold Brew Coffee Syrup” are being featured in the gourmet food section in 89 Crate & Barrel stores nationwide.

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Ocean State Job Lot Donating Thousands Of Pounds Of Food

Mar 25, 2014

Ocean State Job Lot is making a large food donation as part of its 2014 Three Square Meals Program. 78 trucks are hauling 600,000 pounds of food to 13 food banks around New England and New York.

Ocean State Job Lot's head of marketing David Sarlitto says Job Lot's customers have played an important role in the donation's success.

US Food and Drug Administration

Do you read the labels on food before you buy it? How about on pill bottles, supplements, and other drugs? If some Rhode Island lawmakers have their way, you could be seeing "country of origin" labels on your pharmaceuticals. But would that change your mind about taking a drug, or make you ask your doctor for a different brand?

Artscape: Fellini's Famous Thanksgiving Pizza

Nov 28, 2013
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Today is thanksgiving, so for this month’s Rhode Island Artscape, Rhode Island public radio’s John Bender, looked to the culinary arts.

You’re probably familiar with all the traditional dishes of thanksgiving, but once a year, one the day before the big turkey; hundreds of people wait in line for a very specific pizza.

John went over to Fellini’s pizzeria to find out more about their Thanksgiving pie.

Fellini’s Pizzeria on the east side of Providence has your typical pizza fair. 

Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank is out with its annual report on hunger.  It shows the recession is still playing a very large role in the lives of Ocean State residents.

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank is now serving 68-thousand people a month, up three percent from a year ago and an all-time high.  At the same time, food donations are down by nearly two million pounds, said Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff.

Historic Providence Diner Gets a Second Life

Oct 7, 2013
Flo Jonic / RIPR

An historic Providence diner is back in business after years of painstaking restoration.  The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The West Side Diner on Westminster Street was originally located in Olneyville. After it closed in 1999, it was slated for demolition until developer Jon Ozbek purchased and moved it.  The result is a gleaming stainless steel and glass block edifice that has been fully restored to its 1947 glory.  Co-owner Lisa Arena said much of the structure is original.